Proposed pet sale restrictions supported by town board majority, while pet store group threatens legal challenge
A majority of the Riverhead Town Board said today they will vote tomorrow to pass the proposed pet store legislation that would ban the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits. But a lawyer for a pet dealers group said the bill's passage will be met with a lawsuit.
The town board heard comments Wednesday on a proposal to ban pet stores from selling commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits.
The Riverhead Town Board yesterday voted unanimously to set a public hearing on town code changes to ban the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats — and now, rabbits.
The town board has agreed to set a Sept. 8 public hearing on proposed legislation that would ban the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in pet stores in the Town of Riverhead.
Riverhead Supervisor Yvette Aguiar responds to online comments she said misrepresented her position on puppy mills, which she said were made by people with a "political agenda."
Supervisor Yvette Aguiar in an Aug. 2 email to the town board said the board should "reconsider to not move this forward," after a pet dealers' advocacy group voiced its opposition to Councilman Ken Rothwell's bill.
Stores offering dogs and cats for sale will be required to prove the animals came from animal shelters, animal control agencies, humane societies or nonprofit rescue groups registered with the state.